Questions & Answers
I have a decade of experience as a portrait photographer, working with high-end clients from over 50 countries. I have have received my training by three of the top photographers in the world: Sue Bryce, Paulina Duczman, and Felix Kunz.
I fell in love with wedding photography the past few years and I have already photographed weddings in several countries, from chic island elopements to lux chateau weddings. Though the bulk of my work is destination, as of 2019 I am photographing more and more in my home country, Cyprus.
As a Wedding Photographer I have mentored under some of the top wedding photographers in the US and Europe: Ashley Brown, Tracy Burch, Kelli Lynn, Gianluca Adovasio, and Sotiris Tsakanikas.
My aim when I photograph weddings is to capture the couple’s connection, and photograph them as the best version of themselves.
I studied Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at Cambridge University, where I received a Masters degree, and subsequently at Harvard University where I studied for a PhD. But all this is ancient history since I decided to follow my first love: photography. Somewhere in between I had a corporate job, in mobile technology R&D!
Together with your wedding planner, I build your timeline around the best natural light to ensure your day photographs wonderfully. Know the sunset time for your wedding day as this will aid in selecting the optimal ceremony, cocktail and reception times. In order to maximize our opportunities for creating stunning images, I prefer to discuss photo timelines early in the planning process.
I prefer to photograph in natural light, including portraits and details, whenever possible. Sunset portraits are the most gorgeous you can imagine, and planning your church ceremony so that it finishes before sunset, will allow us to make the most of the sunset.
The first few hours of wedding photography take place as you get ready. Whether you choose a bridal suite, hotel room or other location to prepare for the wedding, consider the backdrop for these images. This location is where I photograph the majority of your details and initial portraits. As such, I recommend selecting a spacious, open location with ample natural light and similar decor or feel to your wedding so the images flow with the rest of the day.
I advise getting the bulk of your portraits done before the ceremony, leaving any remaining group portraits for immediately after the ceremony. Not only will this allow me one additional photo opportunity so as to create beautiful portraits of the couple, but it will also allow you to enjoy more of the post-ceremony festivities. Since I will take the majority of the family portraits right after the ceremony, you will be able to enjoy your cocktail hour until we gather again for sunset portraits.
Please prepare all of your wedding details in advance for photographing. These include the full paper/invitation suite in perfect condition with your preferred calligraphy/addressing/stamps, welcome bag, favor, all paper products, dress, shoes, all wedding rings and any other details from your day that you would like photographed.
I love styling still life shots, especially with meaningful elements that you provide. Consider family heirlooms, jewelry, ribbon, fabric and other items that can enhance your images. Please place your wedding and bridal details in the bridal suite so I can capture them when I arrive.
Styling Tip: If using a unique linen for your wedding reception tables, please consider adding an extra small one to the rental order for photographing your wedding invitation and/or details. This helps tie together your images through color and texture, making them more cohesive and powerful.
Unless you are working with a planner who provides a coordinator for you, consider hiring a day-of coordinator so that you can enjoy your wedding day. Your coordinator allows you to take in all of the details and actually spend time with your guests and family. The coordinator will be in charge of you keeping the schedule, calling your family for photography, an assisting you all through the day.
I have my own shot list when it comes to wedding details, such as the rings, the gown, and decor details.
From you I would like a list of the important people you would like me to photograph and the specific group photos you would like me to take. Think about the family groupings that are important to you, as well as groups of individuals from special moments in your life, like your college or childhood friends.
Also, please let me know about any special features of your wedding, such as a surprise performance or fireworks, sparkler exits, and any other fun details you might have planned. I will make sure to get the perfect shot.
Rain is actually a huge photo opportunity (and so are gorgeous dramatic cloudy skies)! Yes your wedding photos will probably have a lot of umbrellas but that just adds a lot more character to them!
I accept a very small number of weddings per year to keep it fresh! I want to be fully present at every wedding I shoot, and avoid mass production and creative fatique.
Destination and international weddings are my specialty! Because of my vast experience or destination weddings, I am able to offer one simple, all inclusive pricing for my destination clients. I also offer pre-wedding sessions, day after session, or rehearsal dinner coverage.
The majority of our couples hire me without a face-to-face meeting so this isn’t a problem. I am pretty quick on email and are available by phone or Skype. I use Skype a lot and can work around any time-zone.
Yes you do! You will first receive an online gallery with smaller files ideal for viewing and sharing online with friends and family, and then you will also receive a beautiful USB package containing your gallery of hand-crafted digital images in hi-resolution, suitable for printing at any shop. I really love the editing process and edit all my work personally (I am proud I do not outsource any parts of my creative process), with fine attention to colour and detail.
Absolutely. I consider formal family portraits very important and we always make enough time for them. I photograph grandparents like we’d want my own grandparents photographed, and parents how I myself would want to be photographed at my own kid’s weddings someday.
Please rest assured that you are in good hands!
The experience of being photographed matters as much as the images themselves! I aim to create images that evoke emotions, rather than imitate preconceived poses I saw on Pinterest.
Looking at a picture and recalling how you were genuinely enjoying yourself while being photographed is important to my, and I will always go that extra mile to connect with my couples in a way that makes them feel at ease with me!
I photograph both film and digital, depending on the lighting conditions and how much time we have in my disposal. On your wedding day, I will mostly shoot digital as it allows for lower light captures and working faster. During bridal portraits and editorials, where I have the luxury of time, I shoot both film and digital. I absolutely love the luminous and raw quality of film, and I strive to achieve its look even when shooting digital. At the same time, I love digital photography for the sophistication it brings with regards to post-processing.
I keep photos really clean and structured, with an airy feel to them, and a representation of colour that is closer to real life. I believe that when you, and your planner, dedicate time, effort, and money on finding the perfect colour palette, then it is my obligation to capture it in its real-life colours as much as possible.
The three words that describe my style are: Contemporary, romantic, and timeless.
As professional photographers, I get asked to photograph all over Cyprus and Europe. Should your venue be new to me, I will ensure we either visit it beforehand or that I arrive early so as to feel comfortable with the surroundings, locate the best backdrops and light for photography, make wet weather contingencies and also chat with staff so I become aware of any restrictions. I take pride in my ability to adjust easily to new surroundings.
I always dressed in a charcoal-gray, black, or dark blue suit, and white shirt. I wish to blend in with your guests as much as possible. I believe appropiate dresscode is a matter of respect to you and your guests. If you have a specific dress code at your wedding, please do let me know.
I take the utmost care in our editing process, still, I are proud of our very fast turnaround! You will receive your online gallery with a curated collection of edited images in just 4 weeks.
The “first look” is something we really love and encourage our couples to do on their wedding day. It involves the two of you seeing each other for the first time, alone, and you can then carry on into your portrait session before the ceremony.
It’s a great way to soak into the day and have some extra time together, and contrary to what anyone might tell you, not unfashionable in the least.
Don’t worry, we deal with this issue frequently. We are very calm, mellow people who tend to blend into the background seamlessly. Usually, our couples are totally at ease with us within the first half-hour of shooting. The only time you’ll really be aware of the cameras is during the family or group portraits, during which we offer gentle and creative guidance and suggestions for the best shots. Just be yourselves. We’ll do the rest.
Also, that is what an engagement shoot is for! An engagement shoot is a chance to help us build rapport with you. You will learn your good angles and we will find them on you!
I can absolutely provide video through my trusted collaborators.